Student Veteran Life

Memorial Day is… 2018

Memorial Day is a sacred day in the military community. It is a day in which we celebrate our fallen service members, one where we honor their lives and sacrifices, and the day that we mourn their loss together with our surrounding community.

Memorial Day is… is a week of events aimed at raising awareness of the true meaning of Memorial Day and a way for the military community to welcome in our friends and family to mourn the loss of our military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. The 2018 Memorial Day is… program will focus on the epidemic of veteran suicide. 

Whether you are a veteran yourself or someone in your family served, most people have a connection to someone who was killed in action while serving their country or a veteran who died by suicide.

This year between May 21st and 28th, sign the Memorial Day is… banner with the name of a fallen service member, a veteran who died by suicide that you were connected to, or just sign the banner with what Memorial Day means to you. The banner will be out every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the HUB Lawn where there will be 7,388 flags laid, each representing 1 service member who died by suicide in 2016.

Lineup of Events

Monday, May 21

8:00 a.m. 

HUB Lawn

Wednesday, May 23

5:30 – 7 p.m.

1st Floor Gallery

Tuesday, May 22

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

HUB 214

Wednesday, May 23

7 – 9 p.m.

SSW 305

Tuesday, May 22

4 p.m.

HUB Lawn

Thursday, May 24

12:00 p.m.

HUB Lawn

STATISTICS ON VETERAN SUICIDE

  • In 2014, 7,388 veterans died by suicide. Nationally, there were 41,425 suicide deaths in 2014.
  • Veterans accounted for 7.8% of the total population in the U.S. but accounted for approximately 18% of all U.S. suicide deaths in 2014.
  • In Washington state, veterans account or 7.7% of the total population but 20.1% of the suicide deaths.
  • The VA only began tracking war veteran suicides in 2008 despite significantly higher rates than civilians. 
  • The suicide rate among middle-age and older adult Veterans remains high. In 2014, approximately 65 percent of all Veterans who died by suicide were age 50 or older.
  • After adjusting for differences in age and sex, risk for suicide was 22 percent higher among Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adults.
  • Risk for suicide was 19 percent higher among male Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult men.
  • Risk for suicide was 2.5 times higher among female Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult women.
  • Every month nearly 1,000 veterans attempt to take their own lives. That’s more than one attempt every half hour. 
  • More United States troops have died from suicide than have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001.